Northwestern University


Science, Technology, and the Politics of Knowledge in Global Affairs: Graduate Student Conference

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When: Friday, March 31, 2017
All day  

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Conference organizers  

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Category: Academic

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Scientists, state actors, international institutions, and lay activists vie for credibility and legitimacy to both frame and control global issues. Science and technology experts are routinely cast into a supporting role to bolster their claims.

From nuclear weapons in war, to nuclear energy in the battle against climate change; from new information technologies in surveillance regimes, to the use of randomized controlled trials in international development research – scientific and technological expertise operate as instruments of power and authority, which can serve to legitimate or contest new policies and regimes of global governance.

The Buffett Institute’s second annual graduate student conference will investigate expert knowledge in global affairs, looking at the ways this knowledge is created, invoked, circulated, and contested in the international political arena.

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